White House officials: Russian election meddling is happening again

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Mr Coats said Russian Federation was not the only country that was trying to intervene in U.S. elections, without elaborating.

"The threat is multi-disciplinary: targeting United States officials and other USA persons through traditional intelligence tradecraft, criminal efforts to suppress voting and provide illegal campaign financing, cyber-attacks against voting infrastructure along with computer intrusions".

All of them, except for Nielsen, specifically mentioned Russia's past and future- intended interference in US elections. We know there are others who have the capability and may be considering influence activities.

Wray said intelligence officials are not yet seeing "the same kinds of efforts to specifically target election infrastructure" as in 2016, but rather "information warfare" carried out through propaganda efforts on social media, The Washington Post reported.

'We're looking into everything we can to protect the 2018 elections, the integrity of those elections and moving on beyond 2018 to 2020 and after, ' Sanders said. "And we're throwing everything at it".

The three-term congressman defended President Donald Trump's approach to Russian Federation, though he conceded he was frustrated with his joint press conference after meeting with Putin last month.

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But Trump's top spokeswoman rejected the idea that the president directed his attorney general to do anything - if he even could as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is overseeing Mueller's work since Sessions recused himself due to contacts with a senior Russian diplomat he had as a GOP Alabama senator who was advising the Trump campaign.

"This is about exploiting the fault lines that exist in our society and building on what was done in 2016, and it isn't confined to the internet - it includes print and television, as well, in some cases using existing platforms that predate the 2016 election", the official said.

Trump attorneys say both sides have exchanged proposals for conditions for such a Trump interview. "They want us to distrust and defeat each other.' And if that was their goal, and I believe that it was, I believe they have been very effective", he said.

"The president has made it clear that his administration will not tolerate foreign interference in our elections from any nation-state or other unsafe actors", Sanders said at the beginning of the briefing. "How do you monitor those?" he said. "By the way, that's a good thing, not a bad thing, that's really good", he added, before blaming the lingering Russiagate probe for standing in the way of further progress.

"This is exactly what independent counsels do", Gingrich said on "America's Newsroom". "All they can do is assist us if we decide to commit suicide". Last Friday, the National Security Council, chaired by Trump, met to discuss the ongoing threats.

In an effort to thwart interference in USA elections, Democratic Senator Ron Wyden said he hoped to win support for his bill that would require the use of paper ballots for voting. The answer was clear as day, Putin responded, 'Yes, I did.

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